by Ester Mbathera

THE Erongo police have urged the public to avoid attending and hosting large gatherings at Arandis, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Gatherings here are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.

Ileni Shapumba, community affairs commander for the Erongo region, says the public is exposing themselves to Covid-19 by attending such gatherings.

“During the state of emergency no demonstrations are allowed in these three restricted areas, but we have seen people running around calling people to demonstrate. This should cease in accordance with the law and to protect people from the virus,” Shapumba says.

Of great concern are the large gatherings at the Walvis Bay Urban constituency councillor’s office by those seeking land, registering complaints against rental evictions and those seeking assistance to obtain travel permits out of the region.

Another concern is mourners disregarding the rules by attending funerals in numbers without wearing masks or observing social distancing.

The largest gathering at the town was the public demonstration against the burial of Covid-19 victims near Naraville.

“People must remember we are dealing with a pandemic, and if you are engaging in such activities, think about the infection rate in our communities. Those who are organising these demonstrations must remember under normal circumstances it is required to notify the local police for security reasons,” Shapumba says.

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